Taking care of your body is one of the most important things that you can do in this life. It’s the thing that gets you around, that carries you. You can adorn it in any style of clothing and feed it anything you want, but at the end of the day if it’s not working properly then there’s no amount of style or food that will be able to fix it. You need to nip any problem that you may be experiencing in the bud as soon as it happens.
If you’re not already registered with a doctor, either because of a house move or you’ve never needed one, get registered. Go for a general checkup and make sure that everything is as it should be, and raise any concerns that you may have. It doesn’t matter how embarrassing they may seem; your doctor has probably heard it all before, and it is their job to help you with whatever medical problems you may have. Remember that it’s not just physical health that can be assisted with - any mental health queries or issues that you may have can be either referred to a specialist or dealt with in later appointments. It’s up to you to take it into your own hands and get it sorted; unless it gets to emergency point, nobody will come looking for you to get yourself better.
It may seem scary with all the appointments that we are being sent to adhere to, such as mammograms and cervical smear tests, but if they weren’t worth doing then the letters wouldn’t be sent out asking us to attend them. It may be that you will need to go outside of the NHS to get some treatment or help with any issues that you are having, for example looking up a local chiropractor for when you are having back problems. Although these are generally private practices, the money issue shouldn’t put you off - if you make an appointment, you still need to stick to it. You have made the appointment to get something important resolved, and there is no amount of money in the world that will be able to get your health back to where it needs to be when you’ve gone past the point of it.
There are certain things that you can do in your day-to-day life to keep you on track. It is advised that you follow the 8 x 8 rule - eight ounces of water eight times a day - to keep you refreshed and hydrated enough so that your body operates to the best of its capability. This is relatively easy enough to incorporate into any routine, but so many of us don’t do it. If you don’t have any form of exercise regime, you could consider taking on the Couch to 5k challenge that is currently promoted on the NHS website. It is relatively slow-paced and it doesn’t matter how unfit you are - you’ll be up running with the pros in no time.